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6th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Flag of West Virginia
Active August 13, 1861 to July 21, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements None

The 6th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 6th West Virginia was mustered into Federal service on August 13, 1861, at Grafton, Mannington, Cairo, Parkersburg and Wheeling, in western Virginia.

The regiment spent most of its service guard the Baltimore & Ohio railroad line, fighting numerous small skirmishes against Confederate raiders and bushwhackers.

The regiment was mustered out of Federal service on June 10, 1865.

Future Nebraska Congressman George Washington Emery Dorsey was a major in the 6th West Virginia.


The 6th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment suffered 8 enlisted men killed or fatally wounded in battle and 2 officers and 167 enlisted men dead from disease, for a total of 177 fatalities.[1]



See also[]

  • West Virginia Units in the Civil War
  • West Virginia in the Civil War